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INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this page is to inform all students, staff, faculty, other members of the University community, and visitors of the policies and procedures for safety and security at the University of North Alabama. This information is published as a service in accordance with Public Law 101-542, "The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act," and subsequent amendments.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Crime/Emergency Reporting
Patrol Procedures
Law Enforcement Authority
Local Law Enforcement Support
Safety/Crime Prevention Programs
Crime Prevention Information
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Sexual Assault/Sex Offenses
Access to Campus Residence Facilities
Access to Campus Buildings
Help is Needed
Alabama Sex Offender Registry (search by name, city, county or zip code)
2009 Annual Safety and Security Report (Clery Requirement)

 

 

CRIME / EMERGENCY REPORTING

The University of North Alabama (UNA) University Police is located at 706 Waterloo Road at the edge of the campus east of Bennett Infirmary. All criminal activities and requests for police services are to be reported to the University Police. Reports and requests for services can be initiated by contacting any University Police employee by telephone or by stopping by the University Police in person.

 

Police emergencies, general needs, escorts, and assistance:
The 24-hour telephone number for UNA Police is 765-4357 (765-HELP). After regular business hours and on weekends, callers will experience a brief delay as their calls are transferred directly to on duty UNA Police Officers. The Emergency number, 911, may be called from any pay phone without money being deposited. All 911 calls are received by the Florence Police Department (FPD), which then forwards the emergency information to the University Police. The UNA Police is staffed 24 hours per day. All criminal offenses, incidents, and accidents occurring on campus are investigated by UNA Police Officers. The University Police also enforces University policies, university parking regulations, state traffic laws, and the UNA Student Code of Conduct.

Fire emergencies only:
In case of fire, persons should call either 9-911 from any on-campus telephone, or 911 from any pay telephone. The call will be answered by an emergency dispatcher who will notify both the City of Florence Fire Department (FFD) and the UNA Police Officers on duty.

Medical emergencies only:
Callers requesting emergency medical assistance should call either 9-911 from any on-campus telephone, or 911 from any pay telephone. The call will be answered by an emergency dispatcher who will notify the ambulance service and the UNA Police Officers on duty. All emergency transportation to local hospitals is provided by the the ambulance service which is under contract to the City of Florence. University personnel are NOT authorized to provide emergency transportation. UNA Police Officers may, in certain situations, provide non-emergency transportation to the university's health service at Bennett Infirmary. Persons requiring non-emergency medical care should report to the infirmary or contact the health services staff at 765-4328.

 

PATROL PROCEDURES

UNA Police Officers patrol on foot, bicycle, and in vehicles 24 hours a day to protect personnel against bodily harm and property against fire, theft, vandalism, and illegal entry. Officers perform patrol activities and other assignments in both uniform and plainclothes. The entire campus receives patrol coverage to prevent crime and to detect security violations. The University Police also provides a variety of other services such as escorting students/faculty on campus, jump-starting vehicles, and providing general information about the University. University Police Assistants are student workers who perform patrols around campus on foot and bicycles. Their primary functions are to monitor and enforce parking regulations, lock/unlock buildings, provide escorts, and protect personnel and property within their area of responsibility.

 

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY

All University Police Officers are State certified police officers who receive their powers and authority from Code of Alabama 1975, as amended 16-22-1 & 2 and 16-51-12. UNA Police Officers have original police jurisdiction on the UNA campus and concurrent jurisdiction in the City of Florence. They have statewide jurisdiction when investigating crimes which have occurred on campus.

 

All UNA Police Officers are armed and have the authority to make arrests, issue citations, investigate crimes, and perform such other duties as other police officers as recognized under current Alabama law.

 

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORT

The UNA Police works closely with and receives support from the Florence Police Department, Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, Alabama State Troopers, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These agencies are contacted when assistance is needed. It is our intention to foster a healthy working relationship with these federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies.

 

 

SAFETY / CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS

The University of North Alabama Police Department believes that a well-informed, alert public is the best defense against crime. Safety and security are concerns that should be shared by all members of the campus community. For these reasons, the UNA Police offers a number of seminars throughout the academic year to address personal safety, property security, and crime prevention. These seminars are scheduled through any of the organizations on campus. The success of UNA's Crime Prevention Program rests with every member of the campus community.

 

 

CRIME PREVENTION INFORMATION

Several publications about crime prevention and personal safety are available through the University Police. Residence Life distributes literature on crime prevention and safety to all on-campus residents.

 

If you have a special area of concern relating to crime prevention, contact the UNA University Police at 765-4357 (HELP).

 

ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

The University of North Alabama is committed to providing a safe, productive, educational and working environment. Therefore, UNA has adopted policies and programs to promote a campus free of the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs.

 

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students or University employees on University property, or as a part of any of the University's activities, is prohibited. Students, faculty, staff, and service employees who violate local, state, or federal drug or alcohol statues may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement officials for prosecution. Additionally, an individual who violates the law or the provisions of UNA's Drug and Alcohol policy will be referred to the proper supervisor or student judicial body for disciplinary action.

University-imposed sanctions for faculty, staff, and service employees may include suspension or termination. Similarly, University-imposed sanctions for students may include suspension or expulsion.

As an alternative to disciplinary action, the University may require an individual to successfully complete a drug or alcohol recovery program in an approved treatment facility.

The University of North Alabama and community-based education and treatment resources include:

UNA Health Center
Bennett Infirmary
Phone: 765-4328

UNA Student Life
Room 202, Guillot University Center
Phone: 765-4248

Bradford Health Services
216 S. Marengo Street
Florence, AL
Phone: 760-0200

Riverbend Center for Mental Health
505 N. Columbia Avenue
Sheffield, AL
Phone: 389-8058

The Sullivan Center
1300 S. Montgomery Avenue
Sheffield, AL
Phone: 386-4597

Shoals Treatment Center
520 Louise Avenue
Muscle Shoals, AL
Phone: 383-6646

SEXUAL ASSAULT / SEX OFFENSES

A sexual assault can occur at any time and can be perpetrated against any person. It can be both a traumatic and life-threatening event. The University Police are dedicated to preventing this type of crime and feels that the best preventive measure is education.

 

If you become the victim of a sexual assault on campus, please follow the steps listed below:

1. Report the event immediately to the University Police by calling 765-4357(HELP). A police officer will be dispatched to your location immediately.

2. Some things to remember if you are the victim of a sexual assault:

-Do not disturb anything at the scene, including weapons, tools or objects found nearby.
-Do not change clothes, bathe shower, or go to the bathroom.
-Do not have anything to eat or drink.
-Do not clean the carpet or floor.
-Do not Handle or wash the bedding.

It is important that you follow these procedures to preserve possible evidence at the crime scene. Simply sit down and wait for the police unit to arrive.

3. Proper medical attention will be rendered as soon as the responding unit arrives at the scene. Remain as calm as possible and try to remember as many details as you can about the crime.

If you become the victim of a sexual assault at an off-campus location should notify the Florence Police Department (or the police department of that jurisdiction) by calling an emergency dispatcher at 911; however the University of North Alabama Police Department will assist with this process if you wish.

The University of North Alabama and community-based resources available to the student, employee, or visitor who becomes a victim of sexual assault include:

UNA Student Life
Room 202, Guillot University Center
Phone: 765-4248

UNA Health Center
Bennett Infirmary
Phone: 765-4328

Rape Response
Phone: 767-1100

Safe Place
Phone: 767-6210

Children's Advocacy Center
Phone: 760-1140

Victim's Assistant
District Attorney's Office
Lauderdale County
Phone: 764-6351

If you should become the victim of a sexual assault, assistance is available through Residence Life to change your living arrangements if these changes are warranted. Assistance is also available to make necessary adjustments to academic arrangements through the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

 

ACCESS TO CAMPUS RESIDENCE FACILITIES

Residence halls are open only to residents and their registered guest. Rice and Rivers Halls maintain a 24-hour desk operation staffed with students during the day and early evening and security guards at night. LaGrange Hall has day and evening desk operations and electronic access control from midnight to 9:00 a.m.. Powers Hall and Lafayette Hall have 24-hour electronic access control.

 

 

ACCESS TO CAMPUS BUILDING

Access to campus buildings is restricted to students attending classes, employees and faculty, invited guests, and persons attending University sponsored or approved on-campus events. All campus buildings are locked and patrolled after normal class or business hours. All campus residence facilities have electronic access 24 hours. All entrances are video monitored.

 

 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED...

The University of North Alabama is committed to providing a safe and secure campus for students, faculty, staff, and guests. You can contribute to this effort by familiarizing yourself with the information provided in this page and acting in accordance with the advice it contains. Also, it is hoped that you will embrace fully the concept of crime prevention, take advantage of UNA-sponsored crime prevention programs, and feel comfortable with calling upon the UNA Police for assistance with any University-related safety or police matter. Always remember:

If you see something, say something!

 

 

Working Together for a Safer Community